Do you live in Rio Linda, North Highlands, Arden Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, portions of South Sacramento or Vineyard? The changes will apply to you.

The meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. The meeting is at 700 H Street. The Board  is considering new  regulations on housing "crowing fowl".  New setbacks from neighbors, guidelines for sanitation & fines will be discussed.

The board's staff also  recommended expanding the definition of "crowing fowl" to include any fowl "which by their sound or cry unreasonably  disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood."  A link to the 33-page staff report is here.

Chris Cage

CCBS President

Capitol City Bird Society

Every member at the General Meeting will be given a ballot to vote for their favorite bird to the the People's Choice Award. You and your bird are encouraged to dress up in Halloween garb. There will be Halloween music and treats.

Election of 2016 Capitol City Officers

I said I would not run for re-election at the June General Meeting. During the months that followed, I told a few members that I might change my mind. Ultimately, I decided not to run re-election as president after learning that I might need a cornea transplant next year.

     Being president of this club is a time consuming responsibility.  Mary Orr, Linda Nichelmann, Mariana Mejia and I have done the bulk of the work to get this club back on stable financial footing. It was two years of hard work, stress and occasionally hurt feeling. However, we got the job done. 

     In 2013, we started the year with $1,900 in the bank. In 2016, we will start the year with roughly $5,000 in the bank. That is after we pay for next year's meeting hall rental and the first six months of our storage shed fees. Everyone who was part of our fundraising efforts deserves a slap on the back for a job well done.

     Now it is time for others to step forward. If you, or someone you know, would be a good candidate for the board, please come to our Oct. 23 meeting. All nominees must accept their nomination in order to be on the ballot. A few members accepted nominations at our Oct. 12 board meeting. For example, Mary Orr does not want to be treasurer next year but is willing to serve on the board.

      As I wind down my tenures as president, there is one person I want to recognize for exceptional effort--Robert Brainard. All of us tease Robert mercilessly. However, he has consistently agreed to help when I and past presidents have asked for help. He took over the raffle table when we could not find a candidate. He has been our auctioneer for our Dessert Social and Mini-Auction. Each year his skill as an auctioneer has improved. He was one of the first people to arrive at our bird mart and he was among the last to leave. The club needs other officers who are that committed.

    We need candidates for president, treasurer, secretary, and first and second vice presidents. There are also five director positions on the board.

Chris Cage, CCBS President

California Swan Festival, Nov. 14

This year we're doing something a little different for our November outing. We are going to Marysville, CA to participate in the community's annual Swan Festival. CCBS Secretary Lara Maddox will lead us on an auto tour of the areas. Time and place to meet for the tour will be announced later. This event may be less structured than most of our outings because there are talks scheduled throughout the day by naturalists and experts on the wildlife in the region. Click on this link to see the schedule for Saturday. Go to this link for the festival if you and your family decide to spend the night and go to more talks on Sunday.

Notice on Sac County Board of Supervisors Public Hearing.

If you have an outdoor aviary or chicken coop, please review.

Get Ready for a Spooky Pets on Parade, Fri. Oct. 23, 2015

Enter your feathered companions in as many of these categories as you like:

1. Best Talker

2. Best Trick

3. Best Look-a-Like

4. Best Whistler

5. Best Kisser

6. Best Singer.

Help for wild fire victims Click here

Interesting News:

Upcoming Events

Click here for news about coming CCBS activities and other avian events of interest. 

In this YouTube video, Concetta uses a travel cage to explain how toys should be placed and why. Obviously, this little guy is having a ball. Click here for more photos and the rest of my story.

Lessons from Concetta Ferragamo on how to pimp out your bird's cage and make your feathered buddy very happy

By Chris Cage, CCBS President

Concetta Ferragamo was invited to Sacramento in July The Bird Shop to launch a new line of toys designed to stimulate and entertain birds. Her presentation was one of the most useful seminars I have attended since I joined CCBS five years ago. I can't praise her presentation enough--it was smart with a heavy sprinkling of humor. 

Her goal was to teach us how to keep our birds entertained. She has a degree in psychology and is a certified parrot behavior consultant through IAABC--the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.  Of course, the talk including a discussion about gaining and re-establishing trust between your bird and you. But the part that really excited me was the role redecorating your bird's cage can play in keeping your bird busy, healthy and happy. 

No this isn't a ploy to get you to buy more toys. If you're like me, you have more toys than you have space to store them. Rather the emphasis is on the placement of the toys and the impact that has on your bird's sense of well-being.

I don't know who came up with the idea that bird toys should hang in the middle of a cage. But that's where everyone else put them and that's what I did.

Concetta rightfully points out that I wouldn't be happy if my bed hung from the ceiling in the middle of my bedroom, so why would a bird like having to run an obstacle course to get from one side of its cage to the other. Good Point!  And that's how improving your bird's mood becomes a redecorating project.  Instead, attach the toys to the walls/bars of its cage. Frankly, you know you have done a great job when you can barely see the bird for all the toys.  Attach them with hooks. Stabilize medium to large toys with leather or plastic ties.

The Capitol City Bird Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization under Section 501.3(c) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Donations are welcome. Contact the Capitol City Bird Society by sending an email to send a letter to our PO Box: CCBS, PO Box 41221, Sacramento, CA 95841.

New Location for

Monthly Meetings

Sac County Sewer District aka

Old SMUD Building

5026 Don Julio Blvd.

New Start Time -- 7 p.m.

Near the intersection of Don Julio and Elkhorn Blvds.

Go to Monthly Meetings page

for Google Map link

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NEW: Lady Ross Turacos, free to good homes! Click on the link to see what's currently available on our classified ads page.

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Sacramento, CA 95841